Random thoughts on a cold almost March Saturday morning:

1. Remember the birdhouse that Denny rescued? I saw a little hint of spring this week because I think we had some friends move into the top floor.

2. Another edition of “What I Bought Wednesday” is live on my YouTube Channel. I’m talking refrigerator organization and fashion. It’s a little random episode. Just like me.

You can see it here.

3. I’m working on the cutest craft for next week. Here’s a hint. It involves wood and tassels. Stay tuned.

4. It was an amazing week on the blog. We talked about rugs you can wash in the washing machine and budget spring decorating ideas and 5 simple no sew curtain hacks and 21 of my favorite statement earrings for spring.

5. Did you see? I’m almost afraid to type the words. Stirrup pants are back.


I saw them online and blinked twice and they were still there.

What is this century coming to?

And now?

Here are all the ideas and inspiration I found for us this week.

Let’s GO.

This idea is pure genius.

See that plant? It’s artificial, but it’s made with real branches.


See the entire DIY here.

And look at these carved wooden eggs.

It’s the simplest DIY.

You can see it here.

And this bed.

Be still my heart.

The rest of the room is even cuter.

See the bedroom makeover here.

And these countertops?

You will never believe this before and after.

See the DIY here.


And in random news:

These outdoor spaces

3 ways to add texture to cookies

These DIY paper orchids

The best sugar cookie frosting

This is such a clever idea for a kitchen towel holder

This before and after

These DIY concrete walls

Have you heard of a chaffle

These industrial loft style decorating ideas

How to start a cutting garden

These brownies

This furniture hack

And this table setting (wait until you see the napkin rings)

And one more for the road

This is one of my favorite love stories (and explains so much about me)

You can read it here.

Happy Random Saturday To You

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  1. Image for Sara Sara

    I can't believe March is almost here and that stirrup pants are back! I can't thank you enough for sharing our chaffle recipe. If I stay the course, I might just be able to fit into stirrup pants in the Spring lol. If I blink and they're still there :) I can't wait to see your upcoming wood and tassle project KariAnne! Have a great weekend!

  2. Image for Diana Diana

    Thanks KariAnne I really enjoyed the industrial loft link. I love old trunks, containers and wood and metal. Have a wonderful weekend.

  3. Image for Diana Diana

    Hello KariAnne! I love your posts! It is fun to learn something new re: Venn Diagram. I love the way your write. You are so positive and uplifting. You see the best in everything. Thank you for lifting my day!

  4. Image for Denise Denise

    Love the article on the cutting garden. It looks s my goal to extend mine this year. The rose garden gave us some beautiful roses so I am ready to add to them this year if it would just stop freezing and I am in central Texas!

  5. Image for Lori Lori

    Oh my! I just have to say that I saved the VINN Diagram analogy to a spreadsheet and I must show this to my husband..he is just going to say ..yes! It is all now clear as day...I get ya and your husband has to be just such a very very kind man who is totally accepting of those who do not work like a spreadsheet and can really appreciate a VINN diagram..wonderful!! That paper towel holder! Such a cute idea..especially for using grandmas old rolling pins. The Chaffel?...that looks delicious! To save calories I'd just waffle up the egg and cheese to grab and go..no need for all the other add-ons. Yumm!!

  6. Image for Nancy Collier Nancy Collier

    Thank you, KariAnne, for another lovely edition of Thistlekeeping! Weekdays are incredibly busy and I'm so grateful for your Saturday 'wrap ups' of everything I may have missed over the past few days. Thank you for always finding the beauty in every-day life and sharing it with us! My heart fluttered at that gorgeous bedroom makeover, too!

  7. Image for Jodena Beale Jodena Beale

    Thanks for sending me the emails all the fabulous stories, ideas, and random thoughts. Have a wonderful weekend. Jodena

  8. Image for Jennifer Howard Jennifer Howard

    First off, no…nope…just nooo..I am not doing stirrup pants again!! They can stay in the 90s with the Thursday Night Must See TV line-up… Also, thanks so much for sharing my cutting garden today.

  9. Image for Kathy M. Kathy M.

    Hi Karianne, Just put in a zinnia order to Eden Bros Gardens after reading your blog.I am going to have to steal some of our veggie raised beds or build some more. March 1st in 2 days and the weather here in N.C looks like it will come in like a lamb. Enjoy your week. .

  10. Image for Michele M. Michele M.

    GREAT thistles this week, KA! And about your stirrup pants comment......I saw while shopping today those snap crotch tops - I know I am dating myself but I always loved those things because they always stayed "tucked." But that's when I weighed 95 pounds. I think my elbow weighs that now - so tight tucks aren't for me anymore - but I was so surprised to see them back again. Kinda glad of it. Wish I had saved all my old clothes to give my nieces. My very frugal little sister did and her eldest daughter (senior in college) has been wearing her vintage 80s stuff with style and flair. She has it good too because way back in the day I managed The Gap and got great discounts for clothes for the family. But I am not a clothes pack rat (grrrrr) and sure wish I were!!!!

  11. Image for Kim Waldorf Kim Waldorf

    Ok, I wore stirrup pants in the late 60’s as a young child, in the 90’s as a twenty-something and let me say I’ll be here for them again!! Lol Thanks for all the good things you share! Happy week to you!

  12. Image for May May

    Hello KariAnne. I've been watching with rising concern the situation in Ukraine. I would love to see a tutorial on a sunflower (The national flower of Ukraine) wreath tutorial. It might be Spring and pink is your color of choice but it seems a wreath with sunflowers on our door is a good way to provide moral support to the families impacted. Sunflowers always turn their heads towards the sun.....Enjoy reading your blog and your many ideas.

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